The third game for Beverley RUFC of the Yorkshire Division One Rugby Football Union kicked off on Saturday away at Pontefract RUFC, with Beverley wanting to build upon the previous weeks strong performance against Leodiensians, and they did so, with some style, with an impressive 12 - 82 final score. The sun was shining the ground hard and dry and their opponents depleted in key positions, which meant the conditions were ideal for Beverley’s trademark fast and flowing rugby, complemented with a defensive display that supressed a valiant Pontefract team to just two tries.
Seven minutes in the scoring commenced, great work by Isaac Keighley, set up Luke Hazell to finish on the right hand side, and duly converted by the boot of Captain Phil Duboulay who was once again in good kicking form. A few minutes later a clever cross field kick set up good position on the field for Alfie Hart Fisher to score close to the posts. Scrappy open play saw the ball bounce into the hands of winger Jack Foster who showed strength and pace working down the touchline and finishing a great individual try. On 23 minutes a clever kick through and chase saw Alfie Hart Fisher show his pace to win the dot down. A few minutes later Jack Foster was also able to get his second after impressively quick hands across the field. Before half time, clever interplay down the left wing between Jack Foster and Sam Fell opened up a gap for Craig Hancock to open his account for the season. Half time, six tries to Beverley and the score line 0 – 40.
Expected early pressure from a determined Pontefract team ended unfortunately as the ball bounced loose in to the hands of pacey outside centre Jacob Holmes who galloped 70 yards underneath the home teams posts. 5 minutes later, similar pressure met with strong defence from Beverley saw the ball drop loose and quick interplay resulted in Theo Richardson able to finish another quick move. Throughout, Pontefract although disjointed never stopped trying and Glenn Boyd’s persistence was rewarded with the home teams first points of the afternoon, unconverted. 2 minutes later, Beverley hit back, Theo Richardson making a great break that Alfie Hart Fisher was able to finish off, for his hat-trick in his man of the match performance. On 65 minutes scrum half Rob Smith was able to show his pace with an intercept from a lineout and a diagonal run to the corner to keep points ticking over for the visitors. Seven minutes later an intercept from Raymond Coates set up Luke Hazell to open his legs like a Gazelle, bounding in from 60 yards. Four minutes after that more great running from Jack Foster set up Coates who attempted an ‘ash splash’ under the posts, but looked more like ‘splosh’! Never say die Ponty had the last word with a converted try from Leo Harrison.
Final score, 12 – 82, in a performance that the Beavers where proud of and the whole team gelled well, and saw Beverley move up the league into second, and sets up nicely the home derby next week against Bridlington, 3pm kick off, all welcome.